We all go through a time in which we do not fit in and we feel different. I was in High School when I really took notice.
I took my ACT just like everyone else in High school. While many of my friends took it several times, I got a very average score of 21 and called it good. My score was so poor in math that upon registering for college courses, I couldn’t even register for MATH100 to begin. There was no other choice, and I had to take MATH098 before I was considered to be ready for collegiate level math.
Throughout my college career, I struggled with textbook exams and memorizing equations. I excelled in understanding the science behind principles along with presenting in front of my peers. My grades still reflected a less than academically gifted student.
It wasn’t that I didn’t try. I was so frustrated. So many of my friends would breeze through technical assignments within minutes and I would still wind up with the wrong answers after perilous hours of work.
I thought I was stupid. I had been convinced that I was stupid.
Dream Closet showed me that I had skills that couldn’t be graded, judged, or marked by any point system. I had soft skills, and they were getting stronger and stronger the more I got involved in the real world.
Because of Dream Closet, I had to do things that terrified me. I had to do things to further this organization, to further benefit the community, and I would do anything for them.
I would even speak publicly in front of my peers. That is the top fear, if you couldn’t guess by the goosebumps you may have gotten when it was mentioned.
Experiencing the real world and doing things that intimidated me, my skills were discovered. I experienced things I wouldn’t have ever imagined before this journey. Practice helped me improve and I was on live radio and live television several times to the point where it no longer scared me.
I always knew I was different, and now I know that’s a good thing.
So, if you’re like me and you find yourself more interested in people and ideas rather than technical skills – you have a different kind of intelligence. You have soft skills. You have thoughts that are unique and an unmatched imagination.
The next time you get a test or a paper back with marks less than perfect, remind yourself that this whole world out here doesn’t care what you scored on your papers. And no, that kid that always aces the exams isn’t going to be a millionaire just because they have hard skills. Don’t let them make you believe that you are less than.
If you truly believe you are unintelligent, I will tell you that you have not yet found your gift. When you find your gift, it is your responsibility to share it with the world. Do what I did, and just make it up as you go. It’s part of what you’re good at.
PS : you’re still going to graduate + you’re still going to change the world.